Revelstoke Museum exhibit Stories Beneath The Surface to be Showcased at CBT Conference

Poets, performers, visual art displays included at international conference

(Columbia Basin) – The rich history, arts and culture of the Columbia  River in Canada and the United States will be on display at the  Columbia Basin Transboundary Conference: One River, One Future[1] in  September.

The conference aims to address key issues related to the future of the  Columbia River, its ecosystem, management and international  implications, while also showcasing arts and culture from both sides  of the border. This willl include a number of performances and art  displays by poets, musicians, artists, youth, Canadian First Nations,  and acclaimed authors.

“The goal for the arts and culture component at the conference is to  be broad, inclusive, and to highlight both the history and the future  of the Columbia River Basin,” said Kindy Gosal, Executive Director,  Columbia Basin Trust. “Storytellers, artists and Indigenous performers  from both sides of the border will celebrate our cultural  connectedness.”

Cutural highlights include literary readings from Fred Wah, a Canadian  poet, novelist, scholar and former Canadian Parliamentary Poet  Laureate, from his book beholden: a poem as long as the river and  Eileen Delehanty Pearkes, published author and public speaker, reading  from her book A River Captured – The Columbia River Treaty and
Catastrophic Change. 

The conference’s gala dinner will feature a locally-sourced menu and  evening entertainment includes both singing by local community youth  and a performance by folk guitarist Rusty Jackson from Post Falls,  Idaho. As well, attendees will be treated to a vocal performance of  Coco Love Alcorn’s The River, by Nelson B.C.’s Bessie Wapp, who will  be backed-up by members of the Kimberley Community Choir.

Three exhibits will be displayed throughout the duration of the  conference, including River Relations: a Beholder’s Share of the Columbia River and Roll On Columbia the award-winning historical  exhibit. Both will be situated within the Kimberley Conference Centre  and are open to the public during the day at no cost. The Revelstoke  Museum will showcase part of its Stories Beneath the Surface exhibit, which is about communities displaced or lost due to reservoir  flooding.

“Several cultural displays will also be set up in the foyer of the  conference centre, offering the public an opportunity to explore literature and history, and even engage by video-phone with solo  kayaker Claire Dibble, from her kayak on the Columbia River,” said  Delehanty Pearkes, cultural ambassador for the conference.

In addition, Paper and Cup, a Kimberley bookstore, will sell books about the Columbia River and feature works by various regional authors.

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